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"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann"

Marc Buckley

Sustainable Futurist, Climate Speaker and Serial Entrepreneur | ALOHAS ECO-Center

Hamburg, Germany

As an Official UN SDG Advocate, Social Innovation, Climate Change Agriculture, Food and Beverage Expert Network member of the World Economic Forum, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries. His aim is to  … [see more]

Paul Shore

Filmmaker / Social Entrepreneur | PaulShore.net

Montreal, Canada

Never one to accept the status quo, I have spent the last 20 years working in social entrepreneurship, videojournalism, transmedia, and citizen engagement. Work interests include Social Innovation, Civic Tech, Trans-Media & Tech for Good … [see more]

"Passionate Do-er"

Margaret Cheng

People, Culture & Engagement Lead | TEDxSydney

Sydney, Australia

I thrive on diversity of work and seeking and delivering creative solutions to challenges. I have a strong bias towards action which has earned me the reputation of someone who gets things done. I facilitate impact with my work with Remarkable, Australia's first disability tech accelerator, supporting startups developing technology with people with disabilities. I  … [see more]

"Use technology to improve lives around the world"

Lambert Hogenhout

Chief Analytics, Partnerships and Innovation | United Nations

New York, United States

I oversee the emerging technologies team at the United Nations, currently focusing on trend analysis, machine learning and and predictive analytics to provide deeper insight into political and macro-economic issues. I also lead the technology innovation team. Forecasting of technological developments and their effect on society. Introduce innovation techniques and initiate innovation projects involving machine  … [see more]

"Developing the next generation of directors and boardrooms"

Paul Smith

Founder /CEO | Future Directors Institute

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

My purpose in life is potential, empowering and connecting the key players in the "new economy". Those people and businesses who have cottoned-on to the fact that "every man for himself" is not as successful as "every human for each other". I am the Founder of the Future Directors Institute - an education company and  … [see more]

"We are ships at sea, not ducks on a pond: Navigate the unknown."

Graeme Harrison

Looking for next step..... | The house of Harrison

Portland, OR, United States

The work stuff is that until recently I looked after the Sales, Marketing and Product Management departments of Biamp Systems, a leading global manufacturer of professional AV equipment for fixed installation. I've been working in this industry for several decades and my main role was planning strategy for our company and looking at long-term trends.  … [see more]

"Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it."

CieJai Zarb

Partnerships Manager | Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia

I'm a Partnership Manager driven by a passion for business, meaningful connections and results. I am always looking for ways to bring brands to life through the creation of unique and engaging experiences. I’m passionate about creating partnerships that are win-win-win. I have been fortunate enough to work in a range of different sectors including  … [see more]

"to embody & live, know, connect, transcend, share, care and dare in common frames of references"

Heiner Benking

Journalist, Scholar, Futurist, Activist, Consultant, Facilitator, ... | various GLocally....

Berlin, Germany

"I had a couple of lifes: technician and engineer, planner, consultant, sales and marketing, infographics coiner, environmental management and research, curator, futurist, educator, facilitator, ... in fields as wide as: environmental education, culture, youth, media,... My function is capacitity building along and across scales and cultures in an appreciative, attentive style typical for concerned generalists,  … [see more]

"To create... and be a conduit for change."

Nathan Drabsch

Creative Director / Director / Designer / Founding Partner of Kin Things | Kin Things (Kin)

Sydney, Australia

I am a founding partner, creative director and designer for Sydney based creative studio, Kin Things (Kin). I partner with brands, studios, agencies, marketers and fellow creatives to develop high-end creative solutions. My primary focus is on moving image, directing, design, brand experiences & creative solutions. Over the course of my career I have designed,  … [see more]

"So much of life is about attitude & how we handle what happens. Life is good no matter what."

Samantha Palmer

General Manager, People, Capability & Communication; Diversity & Inclusion Champ | Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Government

Canberra, Australia

I've been incredibly privileged to work in the private sector (owning my own business and working for others including receivers), the community sector, the State Public sector and the Commonwealth public sector across a wide range of topics. I have also been honoured to represent employers as a Board Director. This range has allowed me  … [see more]

"Your life is your story. Write what you want."

Marvin Mathew

Product + Strategy | M/IG Digital

New York, United States

Passionate about better me, better you, better us. I spent the last 18 months running a digital innovation agency. We worked with some fun brands across 6 countries. I'm eager about leveraging technology (strategy+product) to support social & economic mobility. I dream of a world where traditional business is a force for good. I love  … [see more]

"Make it happen!"

Renee Gangemi

Head of Marketing | TEDxSydney

Sydney, Australia

Love learning new things, solving problems and understanding why or how something is done. I think learning or seeing things from those that are at the top of their field is fascinating. … [see more]

Amy Denmeade

independent consultant

Sydney, Australia

I've worked in various strategy and business development roles for media and technology companies, large and small, in Australia and the US. Currently working as an independent consultant. Co-founder TEDxSydney. Supporter of a number of fabulous organisations, including the Sydney Story Factory, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Access Now. … [see more]

"Live in the US, breathe Latin America"

Marina Spindler

Founder | Latam Board LLC

New York, United States

With 15 years of experience building Latin America’s most influential business community, I founded Latam Board LLC (LaB) to guide companies and non-profits seeking inroads in Latin America. Previously, I was the chief architect and brand manager of the Group of Fifty (G50), an organization founded by leading thinker and best-selling author Moisés Naím. Responsible  … [see more]

"Supporting individuals in having an impact on climate change."

Linh Do

Australia and Pacific Lead | Climate Reality

Melbourne, Australia

I am passionate about social change, with a decade of experience in environmental issues. M background is in community organising, new media and strategy development. I'm bringing my different skills and experiences together now, as Australia and Pacific lead for The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s climate change leadership program. Before that my work has  … [see more]

"I like too many things"

Odysseus Mourtzouchos

Designer, Architect, Photographer, Dj, Co-Founder | Meera - Art on Ethical Clothing

Berlin, Germany

I studied graphics and sustainable architecture; got into photography through my passion for travelling. My greatest love though is music and I collect records and dj to this day. Still trying to figure out how to combine all the things I love, while managing to make a living. Currently starting a new project (Meera), putting  … [see more]

"Big Ideas, Big Heart, Big Impact."

Oona Eager

Head of Community Engagement | THNK

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

I am a professional convener and communicator, committed to advancing innovation for good. I am formerly of the corporate tourism world, but have always been entrepreneurial at heart. … [see more]

"Looking for creative solutions - using tech, art and social capital"

Julia Champtaloup

Impact/Tech Startup Investor I Photographer

Sydney, Australia

Working to support technology and impactful new business Photographer I Editorial I Digital content I Online Strategy Editorial: AMagazine I Bookwitty I The Planthunter I Aircamp Previously : Director, ArtMonth Sydney Human Rights Advocate … [see more]

"We bring the arts and health together to change worlds."

Maggie Haertsch

CEO | Arts Health Institute

Newcastle, Australia

In 2011 I co-founded the Arts Health Institute that does stunningly beautiful work injecting humanity into health and aged care environments. We grew from an idea to a substantial employer of artists nationally and we build on the strength of good research, scalable arts interventions that make a positive difference to the health outcomes and  … [see more]

"ICT for a Sustainable World"

Michael Gosney

Director | Techné Verde

San Francisco, United States

I wear varous hats and work with different orgs and on different projects. Techné Verde is a non-profit under the Buckminster Fuller Institute involved with online tools for collaboration and evolutionary culture. I am also Associate Publisher of SynergeticPress.com. Long history in technology from late 80s digital media revolution, working in desktop publishing (Verbum magazine  … [see more]

"Ideas worth spreading"

Cyndi Stivers

Director, TED Residency/Special events curator | TED Conferences

New York, United States

I'm encourager-in-chief of the TED Residency, an idea incubator at TED headquarters in New York. I started out in hot-type newspapers and have since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio and online, right back to the early days of the consumer internet.?? From 1995 to 2005,  … [see more]

"Focus on potential. Expand opportunity."

Todd Vogel

Managing Director | Loom, a foundation

Seattle, WA, United States

Loom funds projects at the intersection of equity and the environment. I am a cultural historian of race and class with a background in economics and finance, and taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. I branched out into not-for-profit and philanthropy work, focusing on the impact of  … [see more]

"Global Transformation, One Human Being at a Time"

Doug Breitbart

Founder, Co-Director | The Values Foundation

Paterson, United States

I am a father, an attorney, a teacher, a consultant, a philosopher, a coach, an executive, and a huge believer in our species and its ability to do better at fitting in and contributing to each other, the biome and our planet. Our Foundation is devoted to catalyzing human transformation in service to transforming our  … [see more]

"Love alive, generative people, projects, places, platforms"

Todd Porter

Ecosystem Builder | EDGEof

Tokyo, Japan

Early work with pioneers at the forward edge ranging from Bill Drayton (godfather of social entrepreneurship & founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public), Michael Ray (creativity expert at Stanford Business School), and Chris Anderson (serial entrepreneur & TED Conference)...now in Asia for 8 years with global impact portfolio and global community of peer ecosystem  … [see more]

"Live life, take flights."

Antonio Dixon

VP | SunPowerd Innovations

New York/Nairobi, United States

I strongly believe that in order to change the world, you need to know the world. I feel that engaging with entrepreneurs who are driving development in their home countries will giveme a better human understanding of global challenges. I just finished a two year trip around the world. Having lived in Jamaica, NY, London,  … [see more]

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